© Mae Yway
BiographyMae Yway (given name Yi Ywel Yway) is from Myeik, a town on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea in Myanmar’s deep south, and has been a resident of Yangon since the age of ten. An electronic engineer by training, she has never been a working engineer, while her poems have haunted Burmese periodicals since 2010. Yway is a former member of the now largely defunct PEMSKOOL, a collective of eight young poets from Yangon. Her work is anthologized in Tuning: an Anthology of Burmese Women (2012), the first ever anthology of Burmese women's poetry, edited by Pandora. Her maiden collection of poems, Courier, was followed by a collaboration with peer poet Cho Pain Naung, titled You & I. In March 2017, with her friend the poet Nay A D, Mae Yway co-founded 90/91, a poetry publishing house.
… /you are just a slave on his path to the Buddhahood/ your whole life is cooking in the kitchen/ you are busy fancying a reliable man/ a man shouldn’t grimace like a woman/ a wife has to dog her husband/ . . .
The poem builds up to the last line, "this poem writes this poet". Or is that “this poet writes this poem"?
For Mae Yway, poetry begins with a capital P. In her own words: "What I love is that Poetry is Making. Poetry is a worry between consciousness and unconsciousness. Poetry is a journey to discover yourself. In fact, Poetry is you."
© ko ko thettBibliography
Courier, Eras Press, Yangon 2013
You & I, Eras Press, Yangon, 2016
Poems of Mae Yway
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère